By Rory Drake
GATESHEAD’S wait for a point in 2019 continues as they were beaten 2-1 by Solihull Moors at the International Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Scott Boden’s 10th goal of the season wasn’t enough for the Heed as they fell to a second straight defeat at the International Stadium.
Liam Daly headed Solihull ahead midway through the first half and Darren Carter extended the Moors’ lead shortly after the break.
Boden pulled a goal back for Gateshead almost immediately, but the Heed struggled to create anything after the goal and couldn’t grab an equaliser.
Gateshead came into the game looking to end a run of three games without a win, but it was Solihull who started on top.
The Moors came close to going ahead just 70 seconds into the game, Jamey Osborne’s cross from the right was met by Danny Wright at close range, but Aynsley Pears did well to deny him.
Gateshead’s first chance came five minutes in, with Jon Mellish finding Steve Rigg in the box, but Rigg could only blaze wide.
Solihull came close again 10 minutes in, with Jermaine Hylton firing a shot just wide from the edge of the box.
Midway through the half Tom Devitt played in Scott Boden, who fired just wide from a tight angle. Moments later Mellish fired just wide from the edge of the box after good work from Rigg.
Gateshead were made to pay for missed chances in the 22nd minute where a Darren Carter corner was headed in at the far post by Daly.
Kyle Storer came close to doubling Solihull’s lead after half an hour but saw a fierce volley come back off the post.
The visitors came close again moments after, with Osborne again finding Wright in the box, but Wright again fired straight at Pears.
Gateshead had a chance to equalise with 33 minutes of the clock, after Mellish found Boden at the far post, but Boden’s effort was tame and straight at the keeper.
Hylton came close again for Solihull in first half stoppage time but fired his shot straight at Pears.
Solihull extended their lead just seven minutes into the second half with a thumping effort from Carter, after Nathan Blissett had knocked Jamie Reckord’s cross into his path.
Gateshead pulled a goal back almost immediately when Daly was adjudged to have handled a ball in the box. Boden fired the penalty low to the right and past Ryan Boot.
Solihull had the chance to wrap the game up with 10 minutes to go, Jack Hunter’s backpass was badly mistimed allowing Wright to run through on goal, before missing two chances to score.
Gateshead: Pears; Kerr, Tinkler, Williamson; Devitt, Forbes (Salkeld 74’), Hunter, White, Mellish; Rigg, Boden
Unused subs: Foden, Thomson, Maloney, McGeoch
Goals: Boden (56)
Bookings: Devitt (66), Kerr (88)
Solihull Moors: Boot; Williams, Daly, Gudger, Reckord; Carter, Storer, Osborne (Maxwell 74’); Hylton, Blissett (Stenson 80’), Wright (Yussuf 82’)
Unused subs: Carline, Flowers, Stenson
Goals: Daly (22), Carter (52)
Bookings: Carter (61), Osborne (70), Reckord (81)
Referee: Simon Mather
MOTM: Aynsley Pears
Attendance 519 (28 away)